from brain to placenta

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Re : from brain to placenta

Postby catherine » Mon Nov 13, 2006 08:32 am

Laura, what's tummy fat, if not a baby? ;)

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Re : from brain to placenta

Postby laura » Sun Nov 12, 2006 11:42 pm

But... but... in the commercials, they say that cortisol causes you to get tummy fat, and I'm doomed! Agggggghhhh!
(ok, just kidding. I think.)

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from brain to placenta

Postby caryn » Sun Nov 12, 2006 10:51 pm

"Cortisol induced from the fetal and maternal adrenal glands by placental CRH induces further placental CRH expression, forming a positive feedback system that results in increasing placental production of estrogen. In humans, abnormally high placental expression of CRH is associated with pregnancy complications (e.g., preterm labor, intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), and preeclampsia)..." ... med_docsum

I haven't read the full text of this study, but what that means is that the placenta turns on your adrenal gland and forces it to make more cortisol. So it's not that you're getting stressed and it's damaging the placenta, it's that the placenta is making you stressed...

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